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Yaya Toure will leave Manchester City at the end of the season after an eight year stay at the Etihad Stadium. The 34-year-old will make his final appearance against Brighton on Wednesday.
Toure joined city from Barcelona for a fee of about £24 million in 2010. The midfielder has scored 82 goals in 315 appearances for the Blues in his eight seasons at Etihad Stadium and has won two league titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups with the club.
Pep Guardiola confirmed his departure on Friday.
“He will not stay next season,” said the City manager. “The Brighton game we will give him what he deserves. One of the most beautiful farewells a player can receive.
“All the game will we be focused on winning the game against Brighton for Yaya, and we are going to try to do it for him.”
The Ivory Coast International wants to remain in the Premier League next season, according to the Manchester Evening News. He is determined to stay in England, where he has enjoyed the best years of his life.
Toure has already received offers from China but he feels he is not ready yet to move there. He believes he still has the fitness to play at the highest level and wants to continue in the Premier League, with his family also settled in the north west.
According to reports, Everton, Burnley and Huddersfield are all potential options for the player to join in the summer.